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Best HP Gaming Headsets under 50 in the UK

Best HP Gaming Headsets under £50 in the UK

Stephen Mash
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Great gaming headsets don't have to be expensive; HP offers a great selection of headsets ideal for gamers, all available for less than £50. This range includes wired and wireless headsets from HP's own brand and the renowned HyperX gaming brand, makers of good gaming headphones and some of the best PC gaming headphones.
Gaming headsets provide a practical means of getting the best quality immersive audio experience without distracting noises in the background. In addition, they allow you to isolate yourself from the real world so you can focus on the virtual gaming world in front of you. So, let's explore some of our best gaming headsets under £50.

Gaming headset benefits

Gaming headsets offer players an outstanding audio experience by delivering incredible sound quality, generating a surround sound experience and diminishing distracting noises.
The excellent sound quality enhances gameplay by making you more aware of subtle audio effects. Immersive audio can heighten your senses and trigger emotional responses, helping your adrenaline flow during moments of drama. You can also get the drop on the competition with such clear audio.
Headsets also conveniently place the microphone in the optimum position to capture your speech without worrying about it interfering with your gameplay. Noise-cancellation technology also ensures that conversations with online teammates are easy to follow, which is essential for multiplayer gaming.

Gaming headset features

gaming headset features
Gaming headsets combine headphones and a microphone into a single package. The essential features to consider when looking for your ideal gaming headset are connectivity, earphone sound quality, microphone pick-up quality and wearing comfort. If you are looking at a wireless headset, there's the additional consideration of battery life.
Connectivity – There are two main options, wired and wireless connections. Wireless headsets offer the maximum freedom of movement, and you don't have to worry about trailing wires. However, wireless headsets require an internal battery that increases weight.
Sound quality – Virtual surround sound technology is essential for gameplay, so any noises have a perceivable direction that guides your actions. You also want crisp, clear, precise reproduction that creates a realistic and believable soundscape.
Microphone quality – A microphone with noise cancellation will be essential if you love multiplayer games where team communication is vital, but unwanted sounds such as outside traffic noise or loud family members surround you.
Wearability – Any headset used for long gaming sessions must be comfortable to avoid pain or discomfort that ruins gameplay. The ideal headset combines low-weight, tough adjustable sliders and soft, comfy ear cushions that fit your head shape.
Battery life – A limitation of wireless connections for headsets is battery life. If you want a wireless headset, look for battery life to outlast your longest gaming session.

Wired and wireless headsets

Gaming headsets are available in both wired and wireless options. So if you're looking for the best gaming headsets under £50 from HP, both options are available.
Wireless headsets offer you the best flexibility for moving around during gameplay, without worrying about the connecting cable interfering with your mouse movements or getting tangled around your chair.
The main downside is that wireless headsets require an internal battery to operate, which adds weight that can affect wearing comfort. A good gaming headset should balance battery life with mass.
Another downside to wireless headset technology is it can offer lower sound quality or suffer a perceptible time lag due to bandwidth limitations compared with the equivalent wired option.

Recommended budget gaming headsets

HP offers a great range of its own-brand and HyperX wireless headsets with features to suit different budgets. Both brands are synonymous with quality, superior comfort, aesthetics, performance, and reliability. All these factors are critical when choosing the best gaming headset under £50.

HP X1000 wireless

HP X1000 Wireless Gaming Headset
The HP X1000 wireless gaming headset offers wireless capability using a dongle that connects to any available USB-A drive. In addition, the headset includes built-in storage for the dongle under a convenient magnetic cover plate when it's not in use, so you don't have to worry about mislaying this part.
This headset offers 7.1 virtual surround sound with a nominal frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz for the speakers and 100 Hz to 6 kHz for the omnidirectional microphone. This headset design focuses on comfort with thick ear pads, a suspension headband, and weighing 0.34 kg, ideal for extended periods of gameplay.
Controls for switching power, rotary volume adjustment, and muting are all easily accessible on an earcup. In addition, the flexible boom-mounted microphone is adjustable and features a red LED mute indicator.
The inbuilt battery will last up to 20 hours, and you recharge via a USB micro-B connector, with a USB-A terminated charging cable included.

HP Pavilion 600

HP Pavilion Gaming Headset 600
The HP Pavilion gaming headset 600 is a stylish wired headset specially designed for gaming and home entertainment as part of our Pavilion product range.
The headset delivers immersive and life-like acoustics thanks to the 7.1 surround sound feature that is perfect for getting the best from the latest games. This function also offers greater precision, depth, and clarity when watching movies or listening to music. In addition, headphone volume and microphone muting controls are on the right earcup, ensuring they are easy to reach.
The headset design is ideal for gaming with a lightweight, self-adjusting headband that ensures the fit remains comfortable during extended use. The boom microphone is also fully adjustable. Overall, this headset comes in at 0.36 kg.
As a nice style feature, the logo on each ear cup glows while the headset's in use, thanks to inbuilt green LED lighting.

HP OMEN Blast

OMEN Blast Headset
The OMEN Blast is one of the best gaming headsets under £50. This headset delivers fully immersive 360-degree spatial awareness via the 7.1 virtual surround sound using a 24-bit USB digital-to-analogue converter (DAC). The headset has a nominal frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz for the speakers and 100 Hz to 10 kHz for the uni-directional passive noise-cancelling microphone. This microphone is fully retractable when not needed.
This lightweight headset has comfort at its core with a metal suspension headband and soft ear padding, and it weighs just under 0.4 kg, making it easy to wear for lengthy periods.
Controls for volume adjustment and microphone muting are mounted on the connecting cable, making them easy to access. Connectivity is via a USB-A or a standard 3.5 mm jack plug and socket.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger gaming headset delivers a virtual 7.1 surround sound using DTS Headphone:X technology to simulate the original 3D audio recording environment. This feature allows high-quality and precise sound production across an 18 Hz to 23 kHz dynamic response range.
The volume slider control location is on the bottom of the right ear cup. You operate the microphone mute control by swivelling the built-in passive noise-cancelling microphone upwards. Connectivity is via a standard 3.5 mm jack plug with a 1.3-metre headset cable and a 1.7-metre extension cable.
This 0.275 kg lightweight headset includes HyperX's renowned memory foam earcups with soft leatherette coverings. In addition, adjustable steel sliders and rotating ear cups ensure a consistently comfortable fit.

HyperX Cloud Stinger S

HyperX Cloud Stinger S gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger S gaming headset offers an immersive gaming experience with virtual 7.1 surround sound generated using HyperX's NGENUITY® software application. A 48 kHz sampling rate and 16-bit DAC offer excellent sound reproduction with low harmonic distortion. This model features 50 mm directional drivers to generate high-quality sound with pinpoint audio precision across a 10 Hz to 22 kHz dynamic response range.
The volume control is conveniently on the ear cup, and the microphone mute control operates by swivelling the uni-directional, noise-cancelling microphone upwards. Connectivity is via USB or 3.5 mm jack plug and socket with a generous 2.5-metre cable.
The lightweight headset weighs just 0.275 kg, and features HyperX's signature memory foam and soft leatherette earcups for superb comfort.
Durable, adjustable steel sliders ensure a comfy fit for the ear cups. Also, these ear cups can rotate through 90 degrees to provide comfort when wearing and if you like to hang the headset around your neck during breaks in gameplay.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core wireless gaming headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core wireless gaming headset offers unrestricted movement with the reliability of a 2.4 GHz gaming-grade wireless connection with a range of up to 20 metres for less than £50. In addition, this headset uses DTS Headphone:X spatial audio technology to create a virtual surround sound experience over a nominal frequency range of 10 Hz to 21 kHz using 40 mm drivers.
The wireless capability does not impact comfort, weighing just 0.244 kg despite including a battery with a maximum of 17 hours of life. Superb wearability comes from soft foam and fabric ear cushions on durable steel adjustable sliders.
Onboard volume adjustment and a swivel-to-mute noise-cancelling microphone simplify headset operation, even during intense gameplay.

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core

HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core gaming headset provides a lightweight wired option, weighing only 0.215 kg. This headset uses the same DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio technology as its wireless sibling for an immersive virtual surround sound experience. The 40 mm drivers produce crisp audio over a 20 Hz to 20 kHz nominal frequency range.
Connectivity is via a 3.5 mm plug with in-line audio controls and a computer extension cable with stereo and mic plugs. The adjustable boom microphone features built-in noise-cancellation to reduce background noise to a minimum.

Summary

Your gaming environment needs good sound quality to get the best from the auditory experience that modern games offer. If you're a passionate gamer, you'll love the fully immersive experience the latest gaming headsets provide.
Headsets are the perfect way to get the best sound quality while reducing background noise. A wireless headset offers gamers this audio experience without the constraint of a lead connecting the headset to the computer. Still, they are more expensive and heavier than the equivalent wired option.
When choosing a gaming headset, finding one that will provide great-quality audio while being comfortable for long play periods is essential. In addition, headsets that support surround sound will offer a more immersive and satisfying playing experience. At the same time, microphones with noise-cancellation technology will make it easier for others to hear you.

About the Author

Stephen Mash is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. Stephen is a UK-based freelance technology writer with a cybersecurity and risk management background.

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